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Looking out your window at healthy lawns, trees and flowers is a great way to boost your happiness quotient. It’s also a perfect opportunity to remember all the ways plants benefit our environment. The next time you look around at the plants you call your own, know that they’re helping the earth in these five ways and more.

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Care Basics for Beautiful Lilacs

May 14, 2019 11:24:48 AM

Written by McKay Staff in Gardening 101 How-to Guide Plants & Flowers

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For a lot of us northern gardeners, lilacs are landscape essentials we can’t live without. Until their delicious fragrance permeates our yards and homes, spring is incomplete. Reliable and low-maintenance, lilacs can flourish for decades with very little care. By planting several types of lilacs, from early bloomers to late-blooming types, you can prolong your bloom party by several weeks. All it takes is good site selection, proper water and fertilizer, and timely pruning to keep lilacs at their blooming peak.

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4 New Hydrangeas Just in Time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019 8:26:42 AM

Written by McKay Staff in Plants & Flowers

If you’ve known us long, you know that we love our hydrangeas. Of course, our exclusive McKay Grateful Red Hydrangea and Cherry Explosion Hydrangea top our list, but we still can’t get enough of these beauties. Someone once said there’s always room for one more hydrangea. We agree, but we make sure that space goes to the very best. For 2019, we’ve added four exciting new favorites — perfect for Mother’s Day gifts:

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How to decorate your garden in winter

Dec 4, 2014 10:11:07 AM

Written by McKay Staff in Problem Solvers Gardening 101 How-to Guide

Winter Interest Plants and Holiday Decorating – Holiday greens, brilliant berries, graceful grasses and colorful twigs make for a breathtaking view in a barren winter landscape scene. With the long Midwest winters, it is important to choose plants for your landscape that have year-round interest.

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